At least 166 children were abused by dozens of Catholic priests in Colorado over the past 70 years, according to a report from the state’s attorney general’s office.
The investigation revealed decades of sexual misconduct and shows that it took one diocese two 20 years to punish priests accused of abusing children. Former U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer reviewed over 500 priest files and interviewed witnesses, victims, priests and law enforcement, according to CNN.
Most of the incidents took place in the 1960s and 1970s. The most recent allegations are against a Denver priest who abused four kids in 1998. Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila apologized to the victims, and said he will do “everything I can so it never happens again.”